Letter: Shooter should have never been on the streets

Letter: Shooter should have never been on the streets

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Man wanted in shooting of police officer at Ferguson Walmart charged

Fhontez Mitchell was charged with shooting a police officer at a Ferguson Walmart when the officer attempted to stop Mitchell for shoplifting on Feb. 16, 2020. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis County Police Department

Regarding “Man charged in shooting of officer at Ferguson Walmart was shoplifting women’s pajama pants, police say” (Feb. 19): Fhontez Mitchell, who was accused of repeatedly shooting an off-duty police officer at a Walmart store in Ferguson was also arrested in 2017. He was given five years probation, arrested again in 2018 for more serious crimes, including possession of a stolen gun, and then given more probation. Probation for breaking probation? There must be overwhelming circumstantial evidence for this to have happened.

I think someone in the justice system owes the wounded officer, his family and the community at large an adequate, detailed explanation. From my perspective it appears to be a travesty that this man was still walking the streets.

Ted Heidemann • Ferguson

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